Youth Vision: reducing the high HIV prevelance among PWID in Nepal

Since many years, Mainline (through the Bridging the Gaps programme) supported and strengthened the capacity of Nepalese partner Youth Vision to provide quality harm reduction services, research, and lobby efforts in Kathmandu (Nepal). Over the…

High Court Ruling on Scraping Laws That Criminalize Homosexuality in Botswana

On Tuesday 11 June 2019, civil rights activists and the LGBTIQ community in Botswana celebrated an essential step towards improved gay rights as Botswana’s High Court ruled against criminalising same-sex relations (Repeal164). Not only is this…

Gay men assaulted after trial in Kenya

Hoymas employer Mama G in court last Friday Last Friday, the Kenyan court ruled that the anti-gay laws remain in force in the country; the long awaited ruling of the #Repeal162 case. Since then, several cases have been reported in which…

Potential for active engagement: making the Universal Periodic Review work for people who use drugs

Universal Periodic Review (UPR) PUD Aidsfonds, together with Harm Reduction International (HRI) and the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) has recently published a research report ‘Making the Universal Periodic Review work for…

Will we see a historic court case in Botswana this Thursday on the decriminalization of homosexuality?

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Not only in Kenya discriminatory laws are being challenged, also in Botswana the LGBT community goes to court: On Thursday, 14 March 2019, the Botswana High Court, will hear a case challenging the constitutionality of sections 164(a),…

Historic court case for the LGBT movement in Kenya to have criminalisation clauses repealed

Friday, 22nd February 2019, a judgment of a historic court case in Kenya is expected, in which the LGBT movement seeks to have criminalisation clauses of the current law repealed. First petitioner of this case is the Director of HOYMAS,…

A clinic for male sex workers in Kenya: HIV rates are dropping

In Kenya, one in three sex workers is living with HIV. Male sex workers and other men who have sex with men are most affected by the HIV epidemic. Among them, HIV prevalence is nineteen times higher than among the rest of the population. Thanks…

Together we speak, starting with silence on 16 November

On Friday November 16 grassroots movements and NGOs worldwide will be silent or put their websites on black. In response to the current global context, in which people around the world are facing increasing attacks on their basic freedoms, and…

The future of funding for key populations

For an effective HIV response, direct investment in key populations is essential. Yet, only 9 per cent of HIV prevention resources are spent on these communities, whereas 40-50 per cent of new HIV infections in adults occur among key populations…

Bridging the Gaps events at AIDS 2018

Bridging the Gaps will be holding various events during the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018), coming 23-27 July, 2018 in Amsterdam. We will use the opportunity to showcase our work and the urgency to stop the HIV epidemic among…

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